Hall of Fame

Edward Orvil Gourdin
Track & field

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Hall of Fame

Harvard Athletic Achievements

On July 23, 1921, he electrified the track world by becoming the first man to broad jump more than 25 feet. His epic leap of 25 feet 3 inches in the Oxford-Cambridge meet still stands as a Harvard record, the oldest on the books. Also an outstanding sprinter and multiple-point contributor in team efforts. Went on to a distinguished post-graduate career, including the national presidency of the Olympics in 1964.